Watch This Tesla Model 3 General Assembly Video

FEB 8 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 19

Now available in 17 countries.

Sure, it’s just a quick little clip featuring a couple of the processes for assembling the Model 3, but still, it’s entertaining to watch. There are frickin’ Kuka robots putting on wheels. What’s not to like.

And there’s even that little note on availability, which recently went from 2 countries to 17 with deliveries now underway in Europe.

Soon, more countries will be added into the Model 3 mix, like those that have the steering wheels on the wrong side (sarcasm intended).

See the Tesla Model 3 spring to life right before your eyes in this slick and quick video from Tesla.

 

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First time I’ve seen wheels placed and attached to a car entirely by robot.

That is common, and saves labour time (and their backs). Still very cool.

When is it common? Is there a video of another maker doing this? I have seen plenty of tire place line videos, all involving humans.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=imnAYcF05Yo

Back in 2015…….

Just saying, this isn’t new technology

Also putting the tire on the wheel has been done by robot for very long time.

Not dissing Tesla here, just showing the tech has been around for awhile.

VW Golf even gets the wheels mounted while moving forward…
https://youtu.be/GlZ8BimtqOA?t=745

That looks very German in that it is both impressive and probably overkill at the same time.

There are some real losers out there. Someone downvoted you for posting a cool video of tires being mounted by an assembly line robot?

David and Bunny, thanks for the two video links.

This must be part of Elon’s “alien dreadnaught” that actually worked. He planned on assembly requiring almost no human labor.

I guess the bolts and nuts on the wheels are big enough for the robot to handle easily enough. The tiny screws in the other parts are too hard to handle and require a human touch.

Robots can handle tiny tiny parts too, like screws used in watches and so on, or autmatically assemble the small parts of a ball point pen. They are done 100% without human touch.
If a process is done by humans, it’s because it may be hard to reach, need dexterity, require extra (expensive) tooling or something of that nature.

“If a process is done by humans, it’s because it may be hard to reach, need dexterity, require extra (expensive) tooling or something of that nature.“

Or, because labor is so cheap, e.g. Foxconn employing mainland Chinese workers to assemble the iPhones.

Elon chose the wrong sci-fi technology in the alien dreadnought to inspire his factory of the future. He should have sought inspiration from The Borg and ironically Ironman to create a production line where man and machine are melded together. BMW did this on there assembly lines by adopting the use of exoskeletons (aka Iron Man suits) for their assembly line workers, reducing fatigue, wear and tear on joints, and increasing their strength.

I didn’t have time to find the clip I was looking for, but Google ”YouTube BMW exoskeleton” for some better videos than the ones I posted below.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cMdjeua8Gqc

https://europe.autonews.com/article/20171028/COPY/310289996/iron-man-vests-aid-bmw-assembly-workers

Toyota and other automakers are employing Google glass and similar eyewear tech on their assembly lines and quality control inspection stations that enhanced/altered reality (can’t think of the right term to describe it) to guide workers in their assembly tasks and QC inspection tasks. It has the ability to show sequential assembly steps and can also pin point exact locations within a vehicle by superimpising images or instructions in the glasses. Sorry, don’t have time to Google an example of this tech.

I love those people who have really good eyesight and can etch the lines on the CPU’s /s
Robots can do very fine detailed work, just some tasks humans do better and some tasks robots do better. Plus there is super cheap labour and dodgey labour laws in many countries, so that has an influence on manufacturing as well. Why do you think so much manufacturing is fine in China? And look at their environmental disaster as a result of virtually no regulations.

From what I can tell, the robots have the most trouble handling things that are flexible. Humans are shown adding wiring harnesses and rubber gaskets around doors for the Model 3.

Yeah, if you need dexterity, or have to handle non rigid materials – a human is usually quicker. Some of it can of course be done automatic, but require often a lot an active/dynamic tooling riggs. I’ve almost never seen it done quicker then a human.

Fluffer bot syndrome.

The UAW should be there with their hammers breaking the robot so some person can do it for $100.00 an hour wage

Is this speeded up or the actual speed that the line runs at?